Archive for February, 2011

The Last Word and the Word After That

In this philosophical/theology/novel “The Last Word and the Word after That”, the Author, Brian McLaren has contributed exceptionally towards a re-working of current formulations and understandings of God’s ultimate judgment (putting the world to rights). The novel’s dialogue concerns the contextual and rhetorical placement of the word hell with in the new testament.
Through the use of fictional characters (it is a novel), and very believable and relate able scenarios, Brian primarily re-evaluates the concept of hell. Throughout the book he also re-considers God’s means of bringing judgment, and God’s restorative project for the Cosmos. I feel that this “fictional/story” mode of exploring the sacred scripture in some ways has a higher fidelity of application as compared to an abstracted systematic leaning method. As you enter into the very real and tangible lives of the characters within the story the understanding can become realized and lived out in a greater capacity.

If you have never considered the evolution of the concept of hell in the scripture time line this would be an excellent book to read. Consider how Jesus taught us through stories, why can’t our mode be the same? I give it two thumbs way up,
great job and plenty mahalo Brian!

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Brian McLaren Emerging Church

Author Brian McLaren

N.T. Wright’s: The Challenge of Jesus

This is the very first book I read of N.T. Wright’s. It is a great start for any one interested in a primer regarding the leading academic Historical Jesus research that has taken place in the last hundred years up to now. He does a great job of presenting the significant scholars who have contributed to the Quest for the Historical Jesus. He brings you up to date: the 3rd Quest and explains what is different about the 3rd Quest’s philosophy and approach to research. Wright’s writing consistently intrigues you as you continue reading through his reason and logic. He says, “We cannot assume that by saying the word Jesus, still less the word Christ, we are automatically in touch with the real Jesus who talked in first-century Palestine.” He explains how the 3rd Quest is has sought to factor back into our understanding of Jesus his 1st Century Palestinian Jewish context. I highly recommend this author as well as this book particular book of his. It is a must read for anybody seeking to take first step in discovering who the real historical person of Jesus of Nazareth was!

N.T. Wright New Testament Scholar

Rob Bell’s Book: Love Wins

Rob Bell has a new book coming out in one month: March 29th! I have pre-ordered this book from Amazon, and will be giving a review of the book when I have finished reading it. Bell has a unique way of communicating that keeps you challenged, intrigued, and on encouraged to follow Jesus Christ with fresh energy. You can pre-order at Amazon by just clicking on the image : )